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Background: My DHs father, John, has been diagnosed with very aggressive, untreatable cancer. Within 7 weeks he has gone from having a sore shoulder to being in a wheel chair.<br>
We are not sure how long he will remain with us, and would like to honour him by naming our boy (IF we have a boy) after him.<br>
I think that it would be too much pain to name DS John, so we are thinking of using a derivative of the name John.<br>
I have posted a short list of names, but if you can think of any others, please feel free to add them!<br><br><br>
thank you,<br>
charlene
 

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I'm so sorry, and I think naming the baby after his grandfather is a phenomenal thing to do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
According to <a href="http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/John" target="_blank">http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/John</a>, John has 85 variant forms: Anno, Ean, Eian, Eion, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Ewen, Gian, Giannes, Gianni, Giannis, Giannos, Giovanni, Hannes, Hanno, Hans, Hanschen, Hansel, Hansl, Iain, Ian, Ioannes, Ioannis, Ivan, Ivann, Iwan, Jack, Jackie, Jacky, Jan, Jancsi, Janek, Janko, Janne, Janos, Jean, Heanno, Jeannot, Jehan, Jenkin, Jenkins, Jens, Jian, Jianni, Joannes, Joao, Jock, Jocko, Johan, Johanan, Johann, Johannes, John-Carlo, John-Michael, Johnn, Johon, Johnie, Johnnie, Johnny, John-Patrick, John-Paul, Jon, Jona, Jonnie, Jovan, Jovanney, Jovanney, Jovanni, Jovonni, Juan, Juanito, Juwan, Sean, Seann, Shane, Shaughn, Shaun, Shawn, Vanek, Vanko, Vanya, Yanni, Yanno and Zane.<br><br>
This list came from Wikipedia:<br>
Other language forms<br><br>
* Eoin (Irish language derivation of Seán; in Irish and Scottish Gaelic refers to the Apostle)<br>
* Evan (Anglicized form of Welsh Ieuan or Ifan)<br>
* Giovanni, Gianni (Italian)<br>
* Giuàn (Western Lombard)<br>
* Ġwanni, Ġwann, Ġanni (Maltese)<br>
* Ian (Scottish derived from Gaelic Iain)<br>
* Ιωάννης , Γιάννης ( Ioannis , Giannis ) (Greek)<br>
* Ion (Romanian)<br>
* Ivan (Bulgarian, Croatian, Russian and other Slavic language nations)<br>
* Jan (Norwegian, Dutch, Swedish, Faroese, Polish, Czech, German)<br>
* Ján (Slovak)<br>
* Janez (Slovenian)<br>
* Jani (Finnish)<br>
* Jānis (Latvian)<br>
* János (Hungarian)<br>
* Jean (French)<br>
* Jens (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)<br>
* Jevan (variation of Evan)<br>
* Joan (Catalan)<br>
* João (Portuguese)<br>
* Joanes (Basque)<br>
* Jógvan (Faroese)<br>
* Johan (Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German, Faroese)<br>
* Johan(n) (variation of Johannes)<br>
* Johannes (Germanic: German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch)<br>
* Jon (Norwegian, Swedish, Basque)<br>
* Jón (Icelandic, Faroese)<br>
* Jonas (Lithuanian, Swedish)<br>
* Joni (Fijian)<br>
* Jovan (Serbian)<br>
* Juan (Spanish / Filipino)<br>
* Juhani (Finnish)<br>
* Seán (Irish Seán, after the French Jean)<br>
* Shane (anglicized form of Seán)<br>
* Shaun (anglicised form of Seán)<br>
* Shawn (anglicised form of Seán)<br>
* Shon (Israeli Hebrew) שון (from Shawn)<br>
* Siôn (Welsh)<br>
* Yahya (Arabic: يحيى) Muslim version of John<br>
* Yohanes (Eritrean)<br>
* Yohani (Kirundi)<br>
* Yohanna (Arabic: يوحنا) the Arabic/ Aramaic language derivative used by Christians of the Levant.<br><br><br>
Anyway, a few more ideas for you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I'm so sorry about your father-in-law.
 

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Sorry to hear about your FIL. We're planning on honoring my father in the same way if this baby is a boy.<br><br>
As for the name - I chose Ian, but that's because I'm from Scottish ancestry. Do you have a strong link to any of your's or your DH's ancestry that might make it easier for you to choose?
 

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...thank you for your input and suggestions!<br><br>
My DH is English, and I'm Dutch...but we are both Canadian first! ;-)<br><br>
I really like the idea of Zane - sounds strong, and unique....I'm not too excited about a top 50 name, but this isn't about us...it's about honouring a wonderful man, and finding a good name for our son (assuming we have a boy!)<br><br>
thanks again,<br>
charlene
 

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I like Jonathan or Ewan
 

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You could also name him John and choose any middle name you would like to call him by. Just an idea.
 
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